I just perused the 2008 results of an obesity survey and, as I’ve stated to many people in the past from my own observations, Colorado is the skinniest state. Another reason why living there was so great. If you are an endurance athlete, such as I’ve been defined, it is the best place to live because the entire state is your playground, chalk full of parks, hiking trails, bicycle commuting trails, mountain biking trails, campgrounds, ski resorts, cross country skiing trails–whatever your pleasure! I did notice while there, without any prompting, that there were a lot less fat people there than Ohio. Turns out the reason I noticed that was because Ohio is the 15th fattest state!
I personally think that the reason Ohio ranks so low is because we have such a long winter with clouds that makes it extremely uninviting to go outside. In contrast, Colorado has so many more sunny days in the winter so even when it’s cold, you want to go out and do something. And there’s plenty of outdoor winter activities to pursue. When I lived there, I skied every other weekend (passes at resorts come fairly cheaply to residents).
Another thing I noticed about Colorado is that a lot less people smoked. Again, when you’re running around doing healthy things that require a lot of air in the lungs, you’re less likely to want to much them up with tar and whatever other garbage you throw into your lungs through smoking. When I returned to Ohio, I noticed that I was encountering a lot more clouds of smoke wherever I went.
Just something to think about. I know I accolade my favorite state a bit much. But, hey, you can’t argue with the facts! And I have seen first hand the proof of these statistics. I lived it.